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BC Presents Coveted Alumni Awards

Bluefield College presented its annual alumni awards to two distinguished former students and honored a longtime BC friend with an Honorary Alumna Award during Homecoming festivities on campus, October 15-17.

Chris Shoemaker

October 27, 2010

Bluefield College presented its annual alumni awards to two distinguished former students and honored a longtime BC friend with an Honorary Alumna Award during Homecoming festivities on campus, October 15-17.

Trustee Jack Marcom (left) presents the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award to Joseph Tatum.Trustee Jack Marcom (left) presents the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award to Joseph Tatum.


Successful entrepreneur and consultant Joseph K. Tatum, who earned an associate's degree from BC in 1971, received the college's Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2010. Tatum, who attributes his success to the "caring professors" of Bluefield College who gave him a chance at higher education when no other college would, earned the Outstanding Alumnus Award for his "success in business," "service to the Board of Trustees," and "dedication to his alma mater."


Tatum's professional resume includes 20 years in banking as a senior vice president of commercial lending for Central Fidelity Bank and a senior vice president for Wachovia. In 1999, he launched Tradewinds Capital, the first of many private investment capital ventures, the most recent and notable being ADMMicro, an energy management company.


"When you look back at a young boy with D-minus grades, who is now a banker, an investment consultant, and a trustee," said Rev. Jack Marcom, who serves alongside Tatum on the BC Board, "it certainly makes you proud."


Alumnus Dan Agee from the class of 1973, earned BC's 2010 Primitivo Delgado Christian Service

Alumnus Dan Agee     (center) accepts the 2010 Delgado Christian Service Award from President     David Olive (right) and Alumni Director Josh Cline.

Alumnus Dan Agee  (center) accepts the 2010 Delgado Christian Service Award from President  David Olive (right) and Alumni Director Josh Cline.

Award for his "service to his country," "service to Virginia Baptists," and "service to his alma mater."


Agee, a 38-year veteran of the military, served 26 years as a military chaplain, including stints in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Germany, and Korea.


"Dan exemplifies the life of Dr. Delgado," said Alumni Director Josh Cline about Agee and the former BC academic dean and professor for whom the award is named. "Like Dr. 'Del,' Dan has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to Christian service and a dedication to Christian ministry."


A recipient of the Legion of Merit Award, the highest award given to a non-combat soldier, Agee's service also includes a longtime tenure as director of evangelism for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. He is currently serving as president of BC's Alumni Association.

Alumni Director Josh    Cline (left) and President David Olive (right) present an Honorary    Alumna Award to longtime BC friend Janice Hawks.

Alumni Director Josh  Cline (left) and President David Olive (right) present an Honorary  Alumna Award to BC friend Janice Hawks.


Longtime BC friend Janice Hawks, wife to

alumnus Doug Hawks, earned an Honorary Alumna Award from the college. A graduate of Mercer University, Janice Hawks provided the funds necessary to restore the columns on the front of Harman Chapel last fall. Before that, she and her husband gave a gift to construct a new foyer addition to the Chapel. Their gifts in 2005 helped complete wholesale renovations to the facility.


"This lady is a true friend of Bluefield College," said Alumni Director Josh Cline. "Her love for the college is evident through her gifts, her support, and her dedication to the school."


Cline added that Janice Hawks has stood alongside her husband as he has served as a member of the BC Board of Trustees. "His many years of affection for this college are matched by hers," Cline said.

2010 alumni award winners    (from left) Joe Tatum (Outstanding Alumnus Award), Janice Hawks    (Honorary Alumna), and Dan Agee (Christian Service Award).

2010 alumni award winners (from left) Joe Tatum (Outstanding Alumnus Award), Janice Hawks   (Honorary Alumna), and Dan Agee (Christian Service Award).


During other Homecoming 2010 activities, Bluefield College honored members of the class of 1960 with induction into its Golden Graduates Society. The school also hosted its annual Scholarship Auction and presented three BC Theatre performances.


Students crowned seniors Lindsey Hazelwood of Stuart, Virginia, and Jacob Woodrum of Bluefield, West Virginia, Homecoming Queen and King. And, former BC athletes returned for alumni soccer and basketball games, while other alumni returned for a Homecoming Coffeehouse, a Scholarship Golf Tournament, and to serve as guest lecturers and participants in classrooms with current BC students. The traditional reunion weekend ended with a Campus-Community Worship Service.


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Stinson, Mary Jane B.

This comment is not about homcoming but contains an important message to to the Administration at Bluefield College and a request for assistance in locating Hazel Delgado. My husband, Massie C. Stinson, Jr., and myself arrived at Bluefield College the same year as Dr. Delgado and his family. We lived on the third floor of the Music Building just a few doors down from him, Hazel, Lofton and Adrea,all of whom we grew to love. Many evenings we spent either babysitting or visiting with them. In 1959 we both graduated. We kept track of them for years after leaving Bluefield and visited them on several occasions both on campus and after they moved into town. During the past 12 years, however, my husband has been confined to a wheelchair due to a stroke in his spinal cord, and so we do not often travel far from home. We were distressed to learn of Dr. Delgado's accident and death in the Bluefield Alumni publication and have not been able to contact Hazel. We did get a card from her at one point (early on - I think Dr. Delgado was in a rehab hospital out of state at that time) but when I tried to reach her later she had moved and I did not have any other address for her or her children. Could you please contact her for us and see if you can give us her address. We think of her often and wonder how she is doing. Our days spent at Bluefield were some of the most wonderful and precious times of our lives. The entire atmosphere there is quite different from most colleges. We loved the faculty, the campus, and everything about the college. We still greatly appreciate the education, friendships and all the other benefits we gained from attending that wonderful school. My husband went on to attend the University of Richmond where he received both his BA and Masters degrees. He taught in the counties of Henrico and Chesterfield and at Virginia Commonwealth University before receiving his PhD from the University of South Carolina. After receiving his terminal degree he taught one year at Bluefield State College (thanks to a wonderful reference from Dr. Delgado) and then he spent over 30 years teaching at Longwood College (now Longwood University). At Longwood he was Chairman of the English Department for a number of years. Due to his paralysis he retired in 2000 but I am sure had his health permitted he would have taught on for many more years, as he loved teaching. Dr. Delgado was one of the finest Christians we have ever known, and he was truly an inspiration to us and most others who knew him. Any help you can provide us that will enable us to contact Hazel will be greatly appreciated. We can be contacted using any of the following:; 601 Second Avenue, Farmville, Virginia 23901; or 434-392-4283.

Thank you so very much for any assistance you may provide to us regarding this matter,

Mary Jane Stinson, Class of 1959

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